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Light While There Is Light: An American History

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One of the unheralded masterpieces of twentieth-century American fiction, Light While There Is Light is acclaimed poet Keith Waldrop's autobiographical novel about the myriad ghosts left behind by his family. No synopsis can do justice to the beauty of Waldrop's measured, wise, and unembroidered prose, illuminating the fear, madness, and destruction within hearth and home- ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Sun and Moon Press (first published May 1st 1993)
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Ben
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I remember, now, how when we went to church, my mother and I, back in Emporia -- when I was a child -- we caught the bus on the other side of Sixth Avenue, which was also a state highway and, so, relatively busy. But if we were late and the bus was to a point where the driver might well pass on without seeing us, my mother's practice was to grip my hand, close her eyes, lower her head, and charge across the street, traffic or no. I thought about this, at the time, a great deal, and came to the c ...more
Peter Landau
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a ghost story. Poet Keith Waldrop says so right on the first page, but he notes that his ghosts are defined by their absence not presence. LIGHT WHILE THERE IS LIGHT: AN AMERICAN HISTORY is his autobiographical novel, the center of which is held by the author's mother, a spirited and spiritual seeker. There is much love and humor and oddity in this book, as any tale about family told truthfully must contain, but for me it was the writing that, at least at first, captured me in its spell. ...more
Stephen
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Quite possibly contains the best last sentences I've ever read in a book. ...more
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A very strange book but really readable, the chronicle of a man's odd family, very much a Midwest novel, lots to think about here. ...more
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A beautiful book that ends up leaving a lack.
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American poet and academic, author of numerous books of poetry and prose, translator of the works of Claude Royet-Journoud, Anne-Marie Albiach, Edmond Jabès, Charles Baudelaire, and others.

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